The Pompeii Asylum
Former black ops commando Jeff Pierce (Adrian Paul) is in Italy with his wife Lynne (Jhey Castles) and daughter Mykaela (Georgina Beedle) with the chance to move there as he has a job interview. Whilst Jeff is at his interview Lynne and Mykaela head off to do the tourist thing at the ruins of Pompeii. But when Mt. Vesuvius suddenly erupts Mykaela, with her knowledge of volcanoes, tries to lead her mum and a few other tourists to safety whilst Jeff calls in a favour from old friend Col. Carlo Dillard (John Rhys-Davies) to help assemble his old team to try and rescue his family.
There they were, two words, just 9 characters which either makes you dread the worst or prepare to be engaged by the bad. Yes "Apocalypse Pompeii" is distributed by The Asylum and those in the know will tell you to usually expect the worst when you come across a movie in any way linked to The Asylum. Now truth be told I actually enjoy it when I find myself watching movies which The Asylum are associated with as not only are they uncomplicated but they often amuse me in one way or another, yes I enjoy bad movies.
Unfortunately when it comes to "Apocalypse Pompeii" there is two sides to this movie and sadly neither entertain by being enjoyably bad. On one hand you have Mykaela trying to lead the tourists to safety having read up all about the different stages of a volcanic eruption and how others have managed to survive during other eruptions. In truth this side almost feels like it could have made for an okay disaster movie but that may be because the other side is bad. That other side is of course Jeff trying to rescue his family and it is full of the sort of fake action and bad effects which just make you groan. At the same time this side also features John Rhys-Davies who reprises his role as Dillard which he played in an earlier disaster movie and seems to be turning into Brian Blessed with his authoritative voice which sounds out of place in this.
What this all boils down to is that "Apocalypse Pompeii" lives down to the expectations when it comes to a disaster movie which The Asylum is associated with. Unfortunately it fails to end up enjoyably bad.